The United States Department of Defence confirmed the U.S.A. is dispatching fewer than 10 military troops to Nigeria as part of the agreements between the U.S. Secretary of the State, John Kerry and President Goodluck Jonathan.
A Pentagon spokesperson, Col. Steve Warren, confirmed on May 7, 2014, Wednesday that the U.S.A. currently has no plans to launch any military operations on the Nigerian territory.
* Col. Steven C. Warren Photo credit – 114fw.ang.af.mil
The statement comes as a big disappointment for those who imagined how lots of highly-experienced and well-trained US Special forces will any time soon storm Nigeria, kill all the terrorists and rescue over 200 kidnapped GGSS Chibok girls. On the other hand, the decision comes as a relief for those who do not want any foreign troops on the Nigerian land.
The spokesperson has added that the mentioned team would land in Nigeria in a few days, as a part of the larger U.S. assistance team to include State Department and Justice Department personnel. The military men would assist with communications, logistics and intelligence planning.
The U.S.A. and Nigeria are currently negotiating ways to improve information and intelligence sharing, but nothing has been decided so far.
It would be noted that the number of American military personnel in Nigeria approximately amounts to 70, out of them 50 regularly assigned to the Embassy, and 20 marines have been sent for training. The offer on increasing the amount of troops was welcomed and accepted by President Jonathan on May 6, 2014, Tuesday.